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From above, two bowls of taco soup both with silver spoons and a lime wedge and garnished with cilantro, next to a small bowl of lime wedges and cilantro leaves.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

This Slow Cooker Taco Soup recipe is warm, comforting, and zesty—and only takes about 15 minutes of hands-on time. Your slow cooker will do the rest! We love this taco soup recipe because the result is more like a hearty chili, spiced up with rich Mexican flavors from chipotle peppers, green chiles, chili powder, and other warm spices.

The main ingredient in this recipe is ground beef, but you could easily use ground chicken or turkey instead if you prefer. It’s also loaded with healthy veggies like zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. You could also add kale, mushrooms, cauliflower, or sweet potatoes in here too!

Start by sauteing the onions and garlic on the stovetop, then add the ground beef and cook until browned. Add the meat to your slow cooker and top with the veggies and spices, then cover with salt-free stock (preferably homemade bone broth!) and give it a good stir. Cover and set on low for eight hours.

Serve your taco soup with lime wedges. You can also garnish with jalapeño slices, cilantro, and/or avocado. Grab a spoon and dig in!


Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) omissions and substitutions are listed in the recipe ingredients.

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  • Serves: 4
  • Meal: Dinner
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 2 bell peppers, diced (AIP - substitute with green onion)

  • 1/2 diced zucchini

  • 1 15 -ounce can of diced tomatoes (AIP - substitute with diced pumpkin)

  • 2 tbsp minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (optional) (AIP - omit)

  • 1 4.5-ounce can green chiles (AIP - substitute with celery or cucumber)

  • 1 tsp ground chili powder (AIP - omit)

  • 1 tsp ground cumin (AIP - substitute with ground ginger)

  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander (AIP - substitute with coriander leaf/cilantro)

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (AIP - omit)

  • 5 cups sodium-free beef broth

  • 2 limes, sliced into wedges, for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic, and sauté for about 2 minutes.

  2. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula, until thoroughly browned.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients (through the broth). Cover and set over low heat for 8 hours.

  4. Serve hot, garnished with lime wedges.

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